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The Noodle/Car Matrix…

We all know that noodles are important in China. But did you know that the government use the volume of instant noodle sales to measure how well the economy is doing? They use something I like to call “the noodle/car matrix” (not to be confused with the crazy/hot matrix on YouTube) to estimate whether the economy is growing or shrinking. …

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Another one bites the dust…

It’s only a couple of months since Thomas Cook went bust leaving 21,000 people without a job. But it seems that they’re not the only high street name that’s going under. This last week we said goodbye to huge mother and baby brand, Mothercare, followed by their competitor Mamas and Papas just a few days later! While it’s sad to …

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Making “Newt” Friends…

Last week I made my way to Cambodia, for the Atlas & Alfa Logistics Conferences. I went with a plan to see some old friends and make some new ones… But I made one friend that I wasn’t expecting! As I boarded the small prop plane that was to take me from Bangkok to Cambodia, I got a little surprise. …

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No Laughing Matter…

I was hoping after three years of uncertainty, that this week I’d be finally able to answer some questions about how Brexit will affect the freight industry. But it seems that the “Hokey Cokey” mess that we’ve been caught in for the last few years is still ongoing, with no solid answers in sight. The country has been divided, with …

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Crying Over Spilt Milk…

We all know accidents happen. You’ve seen the oil spills on the news and the mammoth clean up that goes on afterwards. But while oil spills are no laughing matter, there are some other crazy cargo spillages that are little more humorous. Rubber Ducky Disaster In 1992 more than 29,000 rubber ducks fell out of their container ship in the …

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Grateful.

Just last week the stores all over Florida were packed with people stocking up their cupboards in response to a hurricane warning. Food, water, loo roll… all the essentials you might need. More than a million people have been evacuated and the rest have battened down the hatches in preparation for the storm. As I write this, Hurricane Dorian, the …

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Cargo Craziness: Even The Somali Pirates Gave Me Soap & Toothpaste…

A couple of months ago, journalist Michael Scott Moore went viral on Twitter. If you don’t know, Michael was kidnapped and held hostage by Somali pirates for 977 days back in 2012. His reply to Trump Official, Sarah Fabian’s claim that detained children don’t need soap, toothbrushes, or beds to be ‘safe and sanitary’ while in Border Patrol custody, totally …

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Patience is a virtue

Sometimes new business comes from the most surprising places. Last month we got asked to quote for a job for a company based locally in my hometown of Birmingham. Now, if you’re from Birmingham and are a proud Brummy like me you’ll have heard of them. But for those of you that haven’t, it’s a large wholesale shop, a bit …

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Another Tick Off The Bucket List…

Last week I had the opportunity to combine two of my great loves. Networking and football. I’m a member of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, so I often go to meetings and networking events organised by them. And as you know, I am a HUGE footie fan. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out where their next …

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